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Broncos run past Wolfpack, advance to Mountain West Semifinals

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Broncos run past Wolfpack, advance to Mountain West Semifinals

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Mar 14, 2014

Four wins in four days is a tall task for any team, but the Boise State men are halfway home after a win over Nevada in the Mountain West Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday night.

The sixth-seed Broncos knocked off the three-seed Wolfpack 75-62, advancing to the Mountain West Semifinals for the first time in school history.

"When you come down to these tournaments, it’s fun to stay around," laughed head coach Leon Rice. "I looked up at Bronco Nation and said ‘We gotta keep them here another day.'"

Boise State was able to survive long scoring droughts (one lasting 10+ minutes) thanks to a 15-0 second half run that came on the heels of a botched alley-oop by the Wolfpack.

Anthony Drmic scored a team-high 17 points in a gritty performance that saw him leave the game briefly after taking a knee to the ribs. Drmic told the media after the game that he was alright.

"I think we're starting to peak a little bit here at the right time defensively," said Drmic. "It's all about team. When we're moving together as one, as one unit, we're really good defensively. If we can keep doing that, I think we'll be okay."

Derrick Marks chipped in 15 points and Ryan Watkins scored 15 and added 10 rebounds. The Broncos shot 28-of-35 from the free throw line, tying the second most conversions in a game this season. After the game, Rice echoed Drmic's sentiment and gave credit to the defense.

"We really dug in and got some stops when we needed them," said Rice. "I thought Anthony really sparked us in the second half with his defensive effort. That got our offense going."

Boise State will play second-seeded New Mexico Friday night at 9:30 MT.